Contemporary Art, 1960s–present

Contemporary Art and Globalization

Who is Mariko Mori?

Mariko Mori (1967-) is a contemporary Japanese artist whose work includes videos, photographs, and installations, such as Tom Na Hiu (2006), a high-tech, monolithic structure whose light changes and blinks as it reacts to information recorded by the Super-Kamiokande Neutrino Observatory in Tokyo. Mori’s work is often influenced by technology and Buddhism.

The work of Iranian American artist Shirin Neshat explores themes of femininity and Islam in her work, including Allegiance with Wakefulness (1994), a black-and-white photograph that contrasts the delicate curves of calligraphy and the softness of feet, with the confrontational view of the end of a gun. (Art courtesy the Bridgeman Art Library / Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, © Shirin Neshat)


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